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Actos Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, Actos® (pioglitazone hydrochloride) is a medicine that your healthcare provider may recommend. This prescription medication is approved for treating this form of diabetes either by itself or in combination with other medications.
As a thiazolidinedione (or sometimes called "glitazone") medicine, Actos works to treat type 2 diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity. This means that Actos helps your body to use its natural insulin better, which, in turn, helps to lower blood sugar and keep it under better control.
Actos comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once a day. Although most people tolerate it well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with this medicine, be sure to fully review the drug's warnings and precautions with your healthcare provider. Potential side effects of the medication include headaches, muscle pain, and upper respiratory infections.
(Click Actos to learn more about how this type 2 diabetes medicine works to lower blood sugar levels. This article also discusses the effects of Actos on the body, lists potential side effects of the drug, and explains what else should be discussed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
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